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Epilogue

Suparna Gooptu

in Cornelia Sorabji

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678345
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080380 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678345.003.0009
Epilogue

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The trajectory of Cornelia Sorabji's life experience shows that she struggled to be India's pioneer woman lawyer at a time when British power had reached its zenith. The most enduring aspect of her life-experience and her public image, which led to an outright dismissal of her public role in the context of twentieth-century politics, was her opposition to all forms of popular politics. The pattern of Cornelia's negotiation with colonialism and patriarchy raises questions about the significance of her life from the perspective of emancipatory politics of gender. Till the end of her life, she was caught in the colonial ascription of race and gender and was at home neither in England nor in India.

Keywords: Cornelia Sorabji; India; England; woman lawyer; British power; colonialism; patriarchy; race; gender

Chapter.  2796 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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